Just announced is official word that the new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein'S CINDERELLA will arrive on Broadway this season with previews set for January 21, 2013 prior to Opening Night on February 21 at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway), it has been announced by the musical's producers Robyn Goodman, Stephen Kocis and Jill Furman in association with Center Theatre Group.
This season's Rodgers & Hammerstein'S CINDERELLA, in fact, marks the Broadway premiere for the celebrated musical, which was written for television in 1957 by the legendary musical theatre duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Rodgers & Hammerstein'S CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw. Josh Rhodes is choreographer. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase. Andy Einhorn is music director and conductor.
Joining the musical's previously-announced stars Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontana as the Prince in the cast on Broadway will be Tony winner Victoria Clark as fairy godmother Marie, and Tony winner Harriet Harris as Madame, Cinderella's stepmother; along with Ann Harada as stepsister Charlotte; Marla Mindelle as stepsister Gabrielle; Peter Bartlett as Sebastian, Prince Topher's mentor and Prime Minister of the Kingdom, and Greg Hildreth as the rebel Jean-Michel. Additional casting to be announced.
MR. Beane's book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA offers a new romantic twist on the ultimate makeover story of a maid-turned-princess, mixing fresh comedy and wit with the beloved tale's classic elements -- the pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball and more. In addition to musical numbers from the original score -- including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" -- this CINDERELLA will include several songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein "trunk."
Rodgers & Hammerstein'S CINDERELLA, one of their most popular titles, was written for television, debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. The musical has never been performed on Broadway, although stage adaptations have been performed worldwide since 1958. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, THE KING AND I, SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.